Saturday, July 5, 2008
Knee High by the Fourth of July
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The old saying in regards to the corn crop is that it should be "knee high by the Fourth of July". It seems that the perfect storm of conditions has caused a growth spurt in the corn.
I stopped on my way home from the herb farm this morning and snapped this photo. I set the timer, quickly positioned the camera on the trunk of my car (a makeshift tripod) and ran into the field. I probably look a bit flustered because I was struggling to get on my mark before the director shouted "action".
As you can see the corn is past the knee high mark. Perhaps this will be one of those crazy years where the corn grows to bizarre heights.
My friend Rena was visiting from Oklahoma the year the corn reached 10 feet tall. Both sides of Swanberg road were planted in corn and the effect was a massive green gauntlet with the road running down the center and the corn threatening to devour the car as it passed through. It was a bit spooky even for me. But for Rena it was totally unnerving. Shortly after our trip through the green tunnel she announced that she was leaving a day early and heading back to Oklahoma.
"That corn is scary! And it's too green around here for me," she explained.
"That's OK, I understand."
I'll keep you updated on the growth of the corn. We probably going to go back out and watch it grow either this week or next.
NOTE: The majority of the corn grown in Illinois is field corn, otherwise known as DENT CORN. It's not the sweet corn that is served on your dinner table but grain that is used in the production of other food and assorted products.